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reema

reema

Joined June 2017

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We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
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City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
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If you loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as much as I did as a kid and adore Austen, this might just be up our alley. It‘s good, silly fun. You can choose to keep score or not, it‘s flexible that way. There are so many endings and I tried to get to them all but I may have missed a few. Most end, amusingly, in death or unhappy marriages but there‘s one where you get Darcy.

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Death: A Life | George Pendle
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Bailedbailed

DNF. I really couldn‘t get into this book. It tried too hard to be funny and, for me, the humor often fell flat.

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Gentlemen & Players | Joanne Harris
Mehso-so

I think I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I put it down several times to read other books because I felt I needed a break from it. Don‘t get me wrong, it‘s a good book. Although I figured out the twist way before it happened, it was good and I enjoyed the denouement.

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80s nostalgia, best friends, high school, and demonic possession. What more could you ask for? I love Hendrix‘s stylized book, made to look like a yearbook, and his dark sense of humor sparkles throughout.

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Crooked House | Agatha Christie
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One of Agatha Christie‘s favorite books to write, it‘s one of my favorites to read. No Marple and no Poirot but still riveting as it unfolds.

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Craven Manor | Darcy Coates
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This was a sweet ghost story that I felt read more YA than adult, but that didn‘t hinder my enjoyment of it at all.

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A beautiful book of poetry with a fairytale/mythology theme woven throughout.

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Great book with just enough suspense to keep your your toes. I did figure out the twist ahead of time but I still really enjoyed the reveal.

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Woodcutter | Kate Danley
Mehso-so

The writing started off a bit stilted and uncomfortable but eventually found its pace as the story picked up. I enjoyed all of the fairytales woven into this but felt that the ending was a bit abrupt.

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I‘m in love with this book. Oyeyemi has an almost poetical way with words that‘s enchanting and I was riveted.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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In this darkly comedic novel we‘re introduced to an IKEA knock-off called Orsk, where our protagonist, Amy, works. We find out some things have been going awry at night at Orsk and a few coworkers and Amy will work the graveyard shift to figure out what‘s going on. I won‘t give away anymore than that except to say that there are some amusing catalogue pictures between chapters. Great book!

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A sweet sequel to To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before. It dragged a little with all of the heartbreak and moping but then picked up again later on when John Ambrose McClaren steps in.

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Cute end to a cute series.

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I don‘t know why I liked this weird little book as much as I did. I can certainly see why some didn‘t: the oddball characters entering scene at strange times in unusual ways and the main character acting as if this were completely normal. But I think that‘s why I found it charming and what leant to it‘s dream-like surrealism.

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Mehso-so

This is a bit of a frustrating read because it is unsolved still. The whole case seemed horribly mismanaged by the police from the start. Kolker does a decent job of trying to get as much information as he can, humanizing the victims, portraying their families in their grief...but it never seems to go anywhere.

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I love how fantastical it is for the time. It did seem a bit abrupt in places. I would have loved more story. I guess that‘s why more books came later.

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Cute YA romcom! Couldn‘t put it down. Brings back flashbacks of horror from the daily Hell I once lived that was called “high school” and the various usual cast of characters like: the bitchy popular girl, the hero, the slut, the sorta in but kinda out gay guy, the boy next door, and our quirky girl. Despite the tropes- or maybe it was because of them? Remember, I did say “relatable”...- I rather enjoyed it.

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Plath is intense, unrelenting, and unforgiving here. Her poems are strikingly, almost starkly, visual as if forcing you to see her own grim view. There is no flowery prose here. This is blood spattered across paper. Visceral and brutal.

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The Graces | Laure Eve
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A decent enough book. Although the characters are a bit flat, I did rather enjoy the story. It‘s a nice bit of light, summer reading.

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Momofuku Milk Bar | Christina Tosi
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Filled with lots of fun and quirky recipes that fill you with childhood nostalgia and satisfies your sweet tooth. These desserts are something that the kids will devour but are sophisticated enough to serve to company. This is definitely a must have for me!

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Mehso-so

While I tend to love fast, fresh recipes, I wasn‘t very tempted by a lot of the recipes in the book. I felt that they relied heavily on a few of the same ingredients throughout the book. It was very average.

JoyNorstrom Flipped through this in the bookstore! Amazing. Funniest cook book EVER! 1y
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I really wanted to like this book more. While there are maybe a handful of good recipes in it, overall, it was a bit of a disappointment. I think Tosi was going for a junk food/comfort food vibe but it didn‘t come off as indulgent, just binge-like. There just isn‘t enough style or substance for me to want this cookbook.

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The Art of French Pastry | Martha Rose Shulman, Jacquy Pfeiffer
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Excellent book that covers all of the basics of French pastry and more. I wouldn‘t recommend for the beginner baker and my one complaint is that I wish there were more pictures to walk you through the steps. Other than that, it was amazingly well written and thorough. A definite keeper for the library.

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I love to cook but deep down I‘m a science nerd. If you break something down with science, I‘m yours. This book is not just a cookbook, it is THE reference book you absolutely need for your kitchen. Want to make the perfect poached egg? He‘s got you. Need lots of pictures so you know what you‘re doing? He‘s got you. And there‘s good food too.

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I don‘t care about any “thug” controversy, it‘s not why I perused the book in the first place. I‘m here for the recipes and there are some pretty good ones. I think this would be a decent, albeit not necessary, cookbook to have in your library, whether you‘re a vegan or not.

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There are quite a few mouth-watering recipes in here but, sadly, they are all very indulgent so I‘d caution you to only make (and eat!) in moderation.

rather_be_reading i was just looking at this! ive heard the recipes r so good 1y
reema There are some that make me drool just reading them but most are very rich and decadent. I would pull this book out for celebrations or comfort food. 1y
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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Gillian Flynn is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. She somehow makes completely unlikeable people interesting to read about and turned a perfect storm of a situation that strained credulity into something you could actually imagine happening. Just when you think you know what‘s coming, that you‘re ahead of the game, she messes with your head a little bit more. I‘m a glutton for her kind of punishment.

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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This book turned me back into an angsty teenager and then proceeded to play with my heart mercilessly. I was a pathetic, weepy mess....just like the good ol‘ days when I was in high school. (You couldn‘t pay me to be a kid again!)

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Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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I am a fan of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast and snatched up the book as soon as I could. It‘s been sitting on my “Read” pile shooting me accusing glares for ages. I finally brushed the dust off of it and started to read. Although it does run long in spots it still is the same weirdness that I love about Welcome To Night Vale.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I love mythology and I love Neil Gaiman. They were meant to be together.

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Jenny Lawson is someone I‘d definitely get into hijinks with. Hilarity would ensue and she would blog about it but no one would believe a word of it. But, believe me, it was all real.

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Very cute.

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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This book of poetry is about being a woman, a survivor, someone proud of her ethnic heritage, and finding sweetness in life because it‘s all too easy to find bitterness instead. Some of the poems were beautiful and transcendent, like jewels of wisdom falling from the lips of a goddess.

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Absolutely love! I‘m pretty sure that Jenny Lawson and I are separated conjoined twin souls. I‘m saying that I relate. A lot. To everything. I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed some more.

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Mehso-so

A couple not totally unforeseen twists kept the plot moving along when the story seemed to drag a bit. The end, however, did get a small chuckle from me.

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I‘m never disappointed in anything Gaiman writes. There‘s just something about his style that sucks me in completely. Of course, there were some stories I loved more than others. Some were scary, some were poignant, some amusing. He rewrote another fairytale, brought back Shadow Moon and David Bowie (not in the same story, sadly), and took us on an adventure with The Doctor and Amy Pond amongst other amazing stories.

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Definitely an interesting and unique premise: purchasing a ghost online. I know people who would do that just to say they had done it, just as the main character had. Only Judas Coyne got more than he bargained for. The story started off slow, caused me to lose interest for a time but it eventually picked up after I resumed reading once more. That‘s when the story unfolded nicely and sucked me in. After that, I read straight through to the end.

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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
Mehso-so

It was better than okay, to be honest. The writing was good enough. Each character had their own unique voice and the story was engaging. However, it was a bit predictable. BUT, to be fair, it is a YA book so it‘s not meant for super sleuths.

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Shutter Island | Dennis Lehane
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I had seen the movie, so I knew what to expect with the book. However, I still immensely enjoyed the book. The characters, setting, plot, everything was well crafted and brought to life within its pages. This is my first Lehane book, but it certainly will not be my last!

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The book is written around three POVs, one of them being the victim. Each person's voice was strong and well written. I got a good feel of each individual and their motivations. Everything seemed believable and didn't strain credulity. However, it didn't surprise me at all. I saw what was coming from miles away. So, unfortunately, no shocking twists and turns for me. But it is a very good, solidly written book.

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Bailedbailed

Can't do it. Too tedious! I keep trying to force myself to read this but it feels like punishment.

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Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Half Stepford Wives and half The Handmaid's Tale with a dash of Mean Girls thrown in. I quickly got sucked into this book and had a very hard time putting it down.

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I am struggling with this book! I am reading it in Serial Reader to help make it easier to digest but I am still finding it unpalatable. It's so many pages of nothing. I'm persisting, but for how much longer?

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Well-written, each character has a strong voice in this and is fully fleshed out. The story is completely bonkers crazy but that's kind of why I love it. It reaches telenovela style drama and requires suspension of disbelief to keep going but you just need to know how it ends, so you keep turning the pages.